New cases of COVID-19 on the rise, among the highest in province since early February


Published March 19, 2021 at 3:43 pm


New cases of COVID-19 in the province are on the rise.

Ontario is reporting 1,745 new cases of the disease on Friday. That’s up from the 1,553 cases reported on Thursday and 1,508 on Wednesday.

The case count is the highest – with the exception of March 14 when 1,747 new infections were confirmed – since back on Feb. 1 when 1,969 new cases were reported.

A total of 56,100 tests were completed yesterday with a positivity rate of 3.3 per cent, up from last week’s 2.4 per cent. There were 10 more deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the province’s total to 7,212 since the pandemic began.

Of the new cases reported today, 478 in Toronto, 344 in Peel Region, 174 in York Region and a 116 in Hamilton.

The Peel numbers are a fair size jump from yesterday when 294 cases were reported.  

Active COVID-19 cases confirmed by provincial labs are also on the rise with 13,253 cases. That’s almost 2,000 more reported last week.

Hospitalizations in the province are also on the rise. They rose to 759, up from 730 on Thursday.

As of yesterday, 1,420, 599 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

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